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Millennium Products wave 'Cool Britannia' flag . . .

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Bridges in London's Docklands by Future Systems and Chris Wilkinson, Cullinan's Archaeolink visitors' centre near Aberdeen and British Steel's Slimdek flooring system are among 202 'Millennium Products' to be announced today by Tony Blair.

Chosen from more than 1000 submissions, they are intended to represent the most innovative British products, defined as those that 'actively make a difference to people's lives'. Other construction-related products include JCB's Skid Steer Robot, WorkMobile's Spider - a safer and more efficient alternative to ladders, a bridge enclosure system designed by engineer Maunsell, and Hong Kong's Lantau link crossing to Foster's new airport.

A new panel to promote modern Britain has been instigated by Foreign Secretary Robin Cook.

FCO Panel 2000, with 34 members including MPs Martin Bell and Peter Mandelson, and Design Council chairman John Sorrell, will look at projecting modern Britain abroad and may focus on face-lifting or redeveloping embassies.

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